Prospective Students - Graduates

Berkeley ranks third among U.S. publics for value

December 16, 2016
UC Berkeley is the No. 3 public university in the country when it comes to value for its in-state students, according to new rankings from Kiplinger, the business and personal finance publisher.

Graduate Admissions and Diversity Resources

The Graduate Diversity Office in the Division of the Social Sciences has compiled a list of resources for graduate admissions and diversity.  The resources include information about diversity at UC Berkeley, in addition to enrollment data for the Social Sciences Division.  These documents will be helpful to faculty and staff involved in the review process.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose (SOP) is crucial to your application. Some in the arts & humanities consider the SOP the most important component of your admission application.

Research Centers

This campus is home to dozens of exciting research centers and institutes where cutting-edge research is being conducted and new initiatives are being launched every year. Students and faculty in the College of Letters & Science have access to laboratories, libraries, and other resources that help make Berkeley the premier research university in the world.

Information for Prospective Students

Diverse CrowdA diverse graduate student population is important to the UC Berkeley as both a state institution and a land grant school.

Our Faculty

Learning From the Best

At the heart of UC Berkeley's achievements and reputation is a faculty second to none, honored around the globe for its intellectual preeminence. Berkeley's professors are pioneers — researchers and scholars who change the world with their accomplishments and shape the minds of future generations with their engaging teaching skills.

Funding Your Graduate Education

For graduate study, universities support students through fellowships, teaching appointments, research assistant positions, or a combination of these sources. The monies available are often dependent on the size of departments' and schools' endowments and resources that may be available through the Graduate Division. Each school or department has its own methods of distributing fellowship funds. Keep in mind that little funding is usually available for terminal master's degree students.

Tips for Completing UC Berkeley's Fellowship Application (Form C and Personal Statement)

Tips for Completing UC Berkeley's Fellowship Application, Form C

  • Complete every field. If it does not apply to you, then indicate, "not applicable."
  • Obtain the most recent figures from documents that you have in your possession, such as loan or income statements.
  • Be thoughtful and accurate when completing the fields about your resources for the upcoming academic year.
  • Additional living expenses can add up quickly; estimate these carefully, and don't overlook relocation expenses.

Personal Statement Instructions